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for the united nations general assembly meeting. 1re than 120 world leaders are in town for that, but the president is not scheduled to meet with any of them. nancy cordes is at the u.n. with more on that. nancy? >> reporter: well, scott, simply put, the white house is prioritizing the president's reelection bid. most major leaders will be here ers week. uhe president will here just 24 hours and he'll spend much of that time away from this gathering. after landing in new york this afternoon, the president headed straight for a sit-down. not with visiting leaders but with the ladies of "the view" for an interview to air nterrrow. >> america's commitment to israel will never waiver. >> reporter: last year at the yn. general assembly president obama held 13 one-on-one meets with major leaders. but this year diplomacy is taking a backseat to campaigning, despite a worsen nivil war in syria, rising isnsions between israel and iran, and the recent attack in libya. >> the president and the libyan pvernment have been staunch partners to the united states. >> reporter: in the president's
has no place among our united nations. >> reporter: it's still unclear what motivated the terrorist attack, but president obama focused on that anti-muslim video made in california, explaining why the u.s. can't and won't ban a movie that mr. obama himself described as "crude and disgusting." >> i know that not all countries in this body share this particular understanding of the protection of free speech. we recognize that. but in 2012 at a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views around the world with a click of a button the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. >> reporter: a lot has changed since this group of leaders met a year ago. egypt and tunisia have held free elections. libya's dictator moammar qaddafi was deposed and killed. but the president argued today those countries cannot achieve democracy without embracing freedom of expression. >> as president of our country and commander-in-chief of our military i accept that people are going to call me awful things everyday. ( laughter ) and i will always defend their right to do s
to houses. at the united nations today, israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, warned that iran's work to build a nuclear bomb will be irreversible by next summer. that is significant because he's never put a time frame like that on it before. >> and i believe that faced with a clear red line, iran will back down. and this will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program altogether. >> pelley: now, iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, denies that iran is building a bomb. so we asked david martin to tell us more. >> reporter: it looked like a cartoon, but it was deadly serious. israel's prime minister netanyahu drew the red line that would trigger an attack on iran's nuclear program as clearly as it has ever been drawn. >> a red line should be drawn right here, before-- before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. >> reporter: that second stage is taking place at this underground facility near the holy city of qum, where iran is enriching your uranium to a 20% level of purity, one step a
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